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Annotated Bibliography 1: The Mayflower Hotel


The Mayflower Hotel

Source #1: Kennedy, Janice. “Where the Rich and Famous Go to Play; D.C.’s Storied Mayflower Hotel.” The Vancouver Sun, May 20 2008, ProQuest Central,

Within Where the rich and famous go to play; D.C.’s storied Mayflower Hotel, Janice Kennedy speaks on the history and controversy within the notorious Mayflower Hotel. Being a journalist for the Vancouver Sun, Kennedy expresses that the famous hotel, “is not the only hotel in town listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; but these days at least, it is the one with the most, um, cachet.” Within her analysis, Kennedy shares various controversial acts that have composed at the hotel. For about 83 years, the Mayflower Hotel has entertained royalty, hosted inaugural balls and accommodated the “whims of the U.S. capital’s rich and famous.” Kennedy shares various notable encounters or controversial issues that have occurred at the hotel One being the controversial issue of New York governor Eliot Spitzer, the discovery of him with a prostitute which sparked the scandal leading to Spitzer’s political annihilation. Second, being where former president Bill Clinton was seen embracing a young Monica Lewinsky; sparking controversy over their potential relationship. One last example would simply be in 1990, a girlfriend of Washington mayor Marion Barry testified that she smoked crack with him at the Mayflower; this all happening during the D.C. crack epidemic. In addition to this Kennedy speaks on the grander style of the hotel. She states that the hotel is an, “imposing monument to Beaux Arts style.” This relates to the lavish appearance of the hotel. Additionally, Kennedy gives some conceptual information towards the appearance of the Mayflower and its reception from the rich and famous. Kennedy gives insight to just such of the famous guests that stayed within this hotel. The Mayflower has played host to a parade of rich, famous, and occasionally notorious – from the German spy George Dasch to Queen Elizabeth, Charles De Gaulle, John Wayne, Walt Disney, and Muhammad Ali to name a few. Kennedy shares how this notable hotel as seen much history and controversy.
I plan to use this source to share historical information on the Mayflower Hotel. This source is quite useful as it shares history of the hotel itself, with its many notable guests. I plan to connect this source with my other sources that give more of a description towards the appearance of the hotel. Where the source lacks in description towards the hotel, it provides with factual and historical information towards its many guests; one being Marion Barry who was mentioned in S Street Rising.

Source #2: Sarah Kershaw and, Michael P. “Just a Hotel? for some, it’s an Adventure.” New York Times, Mar 20 2008, ProQuest Central,

Within Just a Hotel? For Some, It’s an Adventure, Sarah Kershaw and Michael Powell spoke on how the Mayflower Hotel is one of those lavish style hotels for the rich and famous. Both are journalists from the New York Times and shared various accounts of famous individuals that have stayed at the hotel and the famous architectural style within the hotel. Both shared accounts on the hotels interesting policies and mysterious demeanor by stating, “Few dispute that, but interviews with two dozen employees and patrons — and several others with deep roots in Washington society — suggest that Mayflower and her $400-a-night peers downtown take a passive don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy toward the more elite prostitution outfits.” One example of this would be the famous account with Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal. Both received information through an anonymous and found, “Mr. Spitzer had passed the afternoon of Feb. 13 in the Lobby Court, a bustling cafe that features gourmet sandwiches and $500 bottles of wine. There, one employee overheard him joking that he wanted a piano player to perform in his room later that night. Mr. Ruskin and others said they saw the governor frequently at the Town & Country, and a former employee said he once saw Mr. Spitzer leave the bar with a woman and head upstairs.” In addition, both share how the elegance of the hotel exemplified grandeur and sophistication. They detailed the hotel as having large pillars, gold details, and large chandeliers.
I plan to use this source to add to my previous source and have a fully detailed exemplified description of the hotel’s elegant style and guests within. As previously stated, where the source lacks in description towards the hotel, it provides with factual and historical information towards its many guests